April 18 - The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has broken ground on the development of its global headquarters, CityPlace 2, in Houston, USA.

The headquarters will be a ten-storey, 326,800 sq ft (30,360.7 sq m) building that will house employees from ABS and its affiliated companies.

Completion is scheduled for the end of 2018.